Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Birmingham City
Opposition Focus | The Blues
Lee Bowyer’s Blues come into the penultimate match of the season sitting in 20th place in the Sky Bet Championship.
They have picked up 19 points on the road this term, with their last away win coming on March 5th, against Bristol City.
Birmingham started the month of April with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at home, but have since been beaten on three occasions, with last Saturday's draw at home to Millwall stopping that run of defeats.
Opposition Focus | The Key Men
Forward Troy Deeney has struggled with injuries at times this term, but has shown throughout his career how dangerous he can be when the opportunities come his way. The 33-year-old striker has played 22 times during his first campaign at St. Andrew's, scoring four times. His last Blues goal came during the draw with the Bluebirds in December.
January signing Lyle Taylor has hit the net five times since linking up with Bowyer again. The striker played for his current boss at Charlton Athletic also. Former Aston Villa forward Scott Hogan is top goalscorer for the Blues this season, with ten strikes.
Defender Marc Roberts has made the most appearances for the club this season, starting on 37 occasions in the Sky Bet Championship.
Bluebirds & Blues | Club Connections
Neil Etheridge was thrown into action in the second tier for City immediately after joining the Club in 2017, with Lee Camp struggling with injury. The former Walsall man made the No.1 jersey his own, helping Cardiff City to promotion in his first season.
The Philippines international held off the challenge from Alex Smithies to retain the goalkeeping spot for City in the Premier League, and rewarded the Club with a fantastic campaign, picking up the Player of the Season award in the process.
Etheridge made the move from the Bluebirds to the Blues in 2020 after three years in South Wales. A popular figure during his time in South Wales, Neil is sure to receive a warm welcome this weekend.
The aforementioned Camp joined the Blues after departing Cardiff City in 2018. The 37-year-old, now with Wrexham, would go on to make 80 appearances for the Midlands club.
Isaac Vassell, Chris Burke, Roger Johnson, Dion Sanderson, Cameron Jerome and many more have all appeared for the Bluebirds as well as the Blues.